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Native and non-Native Development

A common question we've been getting a lotis:"Will WebORB support native Android or native iOS?"The good news is "yes" and for Android it already supports both native and non-native APIs. Why is this important?

Application development can be quite challenging for mobile application developers, because they not only have to contend with fragmentation of the hardware devices, but also fragmentation of the OS for each mobile platform. One of the biggest challenges is how to easilyconnect your server-sideapplication to multiple mobile devices,such as iPhone, iPad, Android,RIM Playbook and Windows Phone 7. Furthermore, performance may be an issue depending on your use case, so you may need to use the native APIs or a mixture of both native and non-native APIs.The nice thing about WebORB is that it supports both. Here's how:

Native Mobile Applications

Native code is often preferred, because it provides a uniform user experience and performance is better for most use cases. An example might be if you are running a resource intensive game or streaming media. WebORB adds additional value for native applications, such as easy integration with multiple client types, backends and Cloud environments, extremely fast serialization, data push, response caching, RTMP/RTMPT/RTMPS, and more.

Non-Native Mobile Applications

WebORB supports running AIR as a runtime on a variety of mobile devices. In fact, we've already demonstrated this for both Android and RIM Playbook connecting to Java and .NET running in various Cloud environments. Another advantage if you've already built an AS3 application is that you can reuse it and port it to mobile devices using WebORB and AIR.

Upcoming Webinar

Our WebORB webinars seem to be very popular, so here are two more webinars scheduled for April that you may be very interested in if you are building mobile applications:

Case Studies

Pinfra (www.pinfra.com.mx)is at the forefront of large scale construction and operations throughout Mexico and Latin America. It is focused on the construction, operation, maintenance, financing and promotion of major manufacturing and construction projects and is a leading concessionaire for highways, parking lots, bridges and ports. TheViaPass projectis an Electronic Toll Collection System that will be used to streamline traffic operations on Mexico and Latin America tollways. View Case Study >
PrintRunner, Inc.(www.printrunner.com) was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later PrintRunner.com is one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. The company has invested millions to bring all the services it offers in-house, deliveringvalue from concept to completion. Today, over 90,000 SMB customers depend on PrintRunner's high quality print products to represent their brand and PrintRunner's new online printdesign tool enables PrintRunner to improveuser experience, while speeding up the business cycle. View Case Study >
Wizard3D S.A. (www.wizard-3d.com) is helping Columbia become better equipped to handle hazards and emergencies. The companyspecializes in the creation of Rich Internet Applications and non-traditional advertising solutions, which include augmented reality, computer graphics, computer vision, 3D animation and engineering to create highly interactive, user centered experiences.View Case Study >

Community Spotlight

Andy Manson (andy.manson@ireland.com) is Head of Development for Minimok EOD, located in Sofia, Bulgaria. He's had much successworking in the financial markets since the 1980s, telecom markets in the 1990's and early 2000,and is today in the process of launching CommerceKit - a free-to-use CRMsuite running in the Cloud. His dream is to provide low-cost enterprise computing for smaller businesses.View Full Profile>

Andy will be a guest presenter for our April 14th webinar, which will show how businesses of all sizes can utilize the cloud to host enterprise data and then make that data available to mobile workers who can work with the data in both connected and disconnected modes.

Jason Taylor (Jason@dedoose.com) is a Los Angeles based Rich Internet Application Architect who is now the Director of Product Development for Dedoose innovator of “mixed methods” research. With more than 15 years of experience in developing distributed computing applications, Jason has worked on all aspects and levels of programming from hardware robotics systems leading the Beach Cities Robotics team to their National Victory in the F.I.R.S.T competition in 2001 to enterprise websites including Gerber.com, JuicyJuice.com, PurinaOne.com, and many more. Jason is one of WebORB’s first customers and is currently using WebORB at Dedoose for handling large dataset transactions. www.dedoose.com


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